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This week’s VF HQ Spotify playlist (23rd April)

A rotating selection of our favourite music.

From new releases to beloved classics and little-known favourites, our VF HQ playlist features the records we’ve been listening to.

This week’s instalment features new tracks by Little Simz, Tirzah, Elkka, Aziya, Madlib, Jayda G, and more.

Selected by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and updated regularly, check out its latest incarnation below, and follow us here.

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Explore Girija Devi’s music, in Meeting Rivers’ latest Indian Classical mix

A legendary vocalist who elevated the genre.

Girija Devi’s oeuvre is explored in Meeting Rivers’ latest mix – the tenth instalment in Kam Bhogal and Sach Dhanjal’s series.

Read more: Meeting Rivers mix series delves into Indian classical music

“Meeting Rivers began as a project focused on preserving the wisdom and stories of Indian classical musicians from past and present,” share Bhogal and Dhanjal. “Our curation focuses on quotes, images, and audio excerpts, with a common narrative in the expression of belief and a connection to something higher,” they explain. “We view these as universal sentiments that exist beyond the genre of Indian classical music.”

“In episode ten of our artist profile series, we enter the world of Girija Devi, a classical vocalist credited for elevating the status of light-classical forms of Indian music, namely purab-ang thumri, but equally for her traditional khayal performance.

GirijaJi discusses the primordial origin of music within nature, the necessity of undergoing sādhanā to find truth in art, along with her innovations in lighter forms of music such as chaiti, kajri, jhoola, thumri, baaramasa, and tappa.

She was a repository of these compositions that captured the cultural essence of Banaras and its folk traditions. The ease with language and the layers hidden within the song-texts were brought forth when she sang them, creating an experience that moved you beyond sound.”

Meeting Rivers 10 features recordings of Ragas Yaman, Kaunsi Kanada, Kedar, Bhairavi along with rare tappas, chaitis and thumris, mixed and produced by Sach Dhanjal and Kam Bhogal, with audio restoration and mastering by Jazz Bhandal.

Check out the full series here.

 

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VF Live: Love Injection with Barbie Bertisch and Paul Raffaele

Disco, soul, funk, boogie, and beyond from their NYC abode.

Champions of New York dance culture past present and future, Love Injection aka Barbie Bertisch and Paul Raffaele make their VF Live debut – with an uplifting, sun-dappled special.

“For the set, we looked through our collection, and tried to pull out pieces that struck us as singular. We approached it with the intention of harnessing a particular emotional wavelength rather than a sound. We also just recovered from having Covid and wanted to capture our renewed sense of freedom. Healing, sonics, joy, health, and psychedelia all helped connect the dots for this hour of music.

Like everyone, we spent a lot of time at home over the past year, more than ever before. Little by little, we tweaked things about how we play music in our small apartment. We put up different images on our walls, we sought out new ways of listening. It’s been incredibly challenging but we are grateful it did not break us.

We find endless inspiration in stories and characters of New York’s DJ lineage, combined with our own curiosities about sound and music –hoping to humbly honor those who came before us as we look to the future as a wiser, more thoughtful part of the whole.”

Love Injection Issue # 60 is out now.

Love Injection Records will release our first full-length album June 2021 by the Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist Cesar Toribio under the name Conclave. Remixes of the first single by the legendary Louie Vega are out now.”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Animation – Sanctuary (Joaquin Joe Claussell Hidden Revealed Abstraction Mix) (Sacred Rhythm)
2. A Certain Ratio – Day One (Factory)
3. The Jellies – The Conversation (Version) (Numero)
4. 23 Skidoo – Coup (Illuminated Records)
5. Marius Cultier – Diamant (Mukatsuku)
6. Starbow – Voyager II (AVI Records)
7. The Armada Orchestra – For The Love Of Money (Edit by Mr. K) (TK Records)
8. Herbie Hancock – The Twilight Clone (CBS)
9. Eddie Henderson – Say You Will (Capitol)
10. Frank Hatchett – Annihilation II (Statler Records)
11. Kim Yaffa – Once Bitten (Music Town Records)
12. Antena – To Climb The Cliff (Numero)
13. Captain Barkey – Pum Pum Rydim (Step Up Version) (Taxi)

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This week’s VF HQ Spotify playlist (13th April)

A rotating selection of our favourite music.

From new releases to beloved classics and little-known favourites, our VF HQ playlist features the records we’ve been listening to.

This week’s instalment features new tracks from Anz, Floating Points x Pharoah Sanders, India Jordan, Elkka, Chihei Hatakeyama, Aziya, Prayer, and more.

Selected by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and updated regularly, check out its latest incarnation below, and follow us here.

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VF Live: Trepanado

A Brazilian special, direct from São Paulo.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their homes, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

São Paulo-based DJ Trepanado is a fixture in the city’s music scene and beyond – thanks to his own sets, as well as his Selvagem party.

In his debut VF Live appearance, Trepanado plays “a Brazilian special, including boogie, conga synth grooves, electro bossa, afro reggae, cover versions, new jack swing BR, forró, and carimbó – quite a mixed bag.”

“These are records that have been rocking my boat, music that made Selvagem recognised for what it is: unearthing national treasures. There are quite a few rarities on this session, with records it took me years to track down – i.e. Gil Bahian, Hareton Salvanini – and others that make sense together, including music from a few of Brazil’s best heavyweights – Tim Maia, Lafayette, Ed Lincoln and Pinduca.

Essentially, I wanted to create a set with the same vibe of my Missa de Domingo livestreams for Selvagem – a way to keep playing sunny music I love, while pushing new sounds to the audience.”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Puratan – Transações
2. Netinho – Du Du Du Domingo
3. Hareton Salvanini – Sairé
4. Trepidant’s – E Agora?
5. Caio Flavio – Eu Vou Seguir
6. Nanda Rossi – Dança (Remix)
7. Tim Maia – Rodésia (Zimbabwe)
8. Roselle – Ecológica
9. Andre Dutra – Até Mais, Baby
10. Lafayette – Sol de Verão
11. Ed Lincoln – Montanha-Russa (Melô do Esqueleto)
12. Francisco Roque – Me Faz Um Carinho
13. Gil Bahian – Sol Som e Tangas
14. Bubuska – A Menina dos Meus Olhos
15. Netinho – Rio das Pedras
16. Pinduca – Pouti-Porri de Carimbós

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VF Live: Discostan – Side B: The Devotional Side

Lebanese free jazz, Afghan synth rock, Indonesian cosmic spirituals, and beyond.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their homes, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

Dedicated to showcasing music “from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay”, Discostan is a multimedia platform and record label – founded by Arshia Haq, and co-run by Jeremy Loudenback.

VF Live: Discostan – Side A: The Disco Side

For the second part of Discostan’s debut VF Live set – Side B: The Devotional Side – Arshia selects “sonic psychedelia from across the Islamic world. These records span from Lebanese mizwij bordering on free jazz to a cosmic Indonesian version of the call to prayer…”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below, and head here to discover Side A.

Tracklist:

1. Group Fantastique – Allahu Akbar
2. Elly Kasim – Ratok Dagang
3. Ahmad Zahir – Instrumental
4. Youssef Azar Elias – عتابا وميجانا
5. Cheikha Louisa – Ya Laziza
6. Sajida Obeid – Hala Ya Nour Einy
7. Ahmad Al Kosem – Love Is Not a Joke
8. Kafur Mobarek – Unknown
9. Nass El Ghiwane – Wannadi Ana
10. H. Nur Asiah Djamil – Assolatu ‘Alan Nabi
11. Sabri Brothers – Dai Halima

Video: Pete Galindo

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VF Live: Discostan – Side A: The Disco Side

Disco, pop, and funk records from India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Armenia.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their homes, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

Dedicated to showcasing music “from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay”, Discostan is a multimedia platform and record label – founded by Arshia Haq, and co-run by Jeremy Loudenback.

For Discostan’s debut VF Live, Arshia plays a two-part set:

“Side A – The Disco Side, pays homage to the dance floor in all its moods, from nostalgic to cathartic. This includes some of Discostan’s favorite disco, pop, and funk tracks from the its universe.”

Watch and listen to the first set above, check out the tracklist below and stay tuned for Side B – streaming on Wednesday 21st April at 1pm BST here.

Tracklist:

1. Runa Laila – Disco Premee
2. Babla – Zara Ahista Chal
3. Khodja Abdelkader – Ya Fatima
4. Nahid Akhtar – Tarasta Hai Yeh Dil
5. Dhira Ghosh – Daali Lackhe Phoolon Ki
6. Nereye Gidiyorsun – Nazan Özgü
7. Özdemir Erdoğan – Haydi Bastir
8. Partzer Sarer – Hrair
9. Hobob – زمونه
10. Nermin NIazi – Nainan
11. Charanjit Singh – Raga Bhairav
12. Sharon Prabhakar – Aaji Ki Raat
13. Preeti Sagar – Sham Jo Dhale
14. Musarrat Nazir – Rahen Tera Bina

Video: Pete Galindo

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Celebrate South Korean vinyl culture with VF Live x Seoul Community Radio

Featuring two days of DJ sets and a record fair.

VF Live and Seoul Community Radio are hosting a weekend of live streamed DJ sets and a record fair, 27th and 28th March in Seoul.

Taking place at SCR’s Itaewon HQ, the two-day event will feature a record fair running from 3pm-10pm KST, alongside DJ sets from 5-10pm KST / 8am-1pm GMT.

DJs playing across the weekend include: Andow b2b Someone, Cityboyfromseoul, Chae, JNS, Miozic (Mio Records), S.O.N.S., Uglyduck, Akimbo (Tonal Unity), Mimi, and Jisoo.

Head here to catch the live streams on the 27th-28th March, and here for more from SCR.

Check out the line-up and more details below.

Photo by Vinpress courtesy of SCR.

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Explore Bismillah Khan’s music, in Meeting Rivers’ latest Indian Classical mix

Elevating the shenai wind instrument to wider consciousness.

Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan’s canon is explored in Meeting Rivers’ latest mix – the eighth instalment in Kam Bhogal and Sach Dhanjal’s series.

Read more: Meeting Rivers mix series delves into Indian classical music

“Episode eight of our artist profile series delves into the work of Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan, as he guides us through his world of mysticism and sound. In his lifetime, he raised the status of the Shehnai from a folk instrument to one celebrated on the classical stage. His name has been synonymous with the instrument ever since.

In many of his interviews, Khan stressed the oneness of sound against the backdrop India’s faith and class divisions. He, a devout Shia Muslim, upheld his faith whilst living in the Ancient city of Varanasi – one of the holiest cities for Hindu devotees. Finding in this no sense of conflict, he came to be seen as an example of the successful, progressive culture that evolved out of the Hindu-Muslim encounter in India.

Bismillah Khan describes to us his talaash (search) for that indescribable quality in sound as a parallel outcome of a life in pursuit of purity, detached from falsities and deceit. In this mix, we join him as he takes us on this journey of the seven surs (notes).”

Our profile features recordings of Ragas Bhairavi, Malkauns, Yaman Kalyan, Pilu, Bhairav, and Jaunpuri along with rare duets with artists such as Dr. N. Rajam, Girija Devi, Vilayat Khan and others; mixed and produced by Sach Dhanjal and Kam Bhogal, with audio restoration and mastering by Jazz Bhandal.


Check out the full series here.

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VF Live: Nombuso Mathibela

A South African jazz, funk, and folk records special.

In VF Live, DJs take you inside their HQs, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

Johannesburg-based DJ Nombuso Mathibela makes her debut in the series, with a special focusing on “records by South African magicians, jazzmakers, and folklorists.

These are some of my favorite tracks that have made me appreciate the unique visual aesthetics of South African sound. Some of the beauty of this region’s chants, melodies, and unending rhythms can be seen in how people dance. This selection is for furious dancers, spiritualists, and lovers of long-sides.”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist

1. Johnny Mbizo Dyani – Thank you
2. Assagai – La la
3. Movement in the city – Camel Walk
4. Sathima Bea Benjamin – Music
5. Busi Mhlongo – oBaba omncane
6. Phillip Tabane – Mpampa madiba
7. Batsumi – Emapondweni
8. Zim Ngqawana – The Widow
9. Blue Notes for Mongezi Feza – First movement
10. Blue Notes in concert – Mhegebe
11. Moses Taiwa Molelekwa – Dance to Africa
12. The Ibrahim Khalil Shihab quintet featuring Mankunku – Spring
13. Sibusile Xaba – Emazulwini
14. Asher Gamedze – Siyabulela

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